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Bryan Sellers' Commonwealth of Virginia Top-Ten

Falken Tire Driver Instructs You Through the TUDOR Championship's Best Corners
Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler on VIR podium, 2014. Image courtesy of PCNA.

Alton, Virginia, August 18, 2015 - Seventeen turns around the 3.27-mile Virginia International Raceway (VIR) leaves Bryan Sellers a lot of corners to choose his favorite. Every TUDOR United SportsCar Championship weekend, the Braselton, Georgia-resident picks his favorite turn on that week's GT Le Mans (GTLM) track. That was no easy task entering the August 23 Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR. When pressed, the driver of the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR ultimately picked the ultra-quick Turn 10. Sellers, who with co-driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) has already taken one race win this season, will be looking to defend a second-place finish in the two-hour and 40-minute race here last year in Alton, Virginia.

Bryan Sellers at VIR, 2014. Image courtesy of PCNA

Drive-Through Virginia International Raceway's Turn-Ten with Bryan Sellers: "VIR is an amazing track with many great corners. I could spend the day going on about any one of the 17 turns that makes up this traditional and fast circuit. But, if I had to narrow it down to one corner that makes VIR truly special, I would say it is Turn 10. Turn 10 is the fastest corner on the track and one of the faster turns of all the tracks we race the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season. The difficulty in 'Ten', however, does not come with the speed; it comes with the lay of the land and the lead-in to the corner. On the approach you are exiting a section of high-speed 'esses' and we have our Porsche in sixth-gear. You exit the last 'S', which is a right-hander, and very shortly thereafter you begin turning for Ten. It is a very light brake and down one gear to fifth at this point. While the entry to the corner is difficult it is from the 'middle' to the 'exit' that is the most challenging. Just before the apex you begin rolling back into the throttle. As you are doing this, the road begins to go downhill and fall away from you and it is slightly off camber as well. At this point, the front of the car gets light and 'flies' over the downhill making it difficult to judge how much power you can apply. The final portion to this corner demands that you be good because it leads to a short straight that can be a good passing zone, either to pass or be passed. Like any great corner, getting it right is why we do this as drivers. Get it wrong and everyone knows it. "

Want to learn more about the "behind the scenes" world of professional sports car racing? Be sure to check out Bryan's blog at www.FlatSixes.com. The regular feature of the longtime Falken Tire factory driver shows various aspects of what it takes to succeed in endurance GT racing. The most current blog gives a detailed breakdown of the steering wheel used in the Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR. http://flatsixes.com/porsche-motorsports/heres-what-all-the-buttons-on-the-porsche-911-rsr-control/ .

Sunday's Oak Tree Grand Prix will be televised live at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on FOX Sports 1. IMSA.com will provide audio coverage of every on-track lap, including practice and qualifying while video streaming of qualifying will be available on the IMSA web site beginning at 4:40 p.m., Saturday, August 22. The weekend's activities can be followed on Twitter with the hash tag #OTGP.